The big screen adaptation of the 60s spy television series “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” could see Tom Cruise return to his super spy roots. The enigmatic action star is reportedly in talks to star in the upcoming film, which is currently set to be helmed by Guy Ritchie. The internet exploded in a hailstorm of reports as noted film sites such as Screen Rant spread the word on March 19.
The original series aired in the mid-sixties and followed two spies, one from the USSR and one from the United States who worked for the same organization, U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement). The American agent, Napoleon Solo was originally portrayed by Robert Vaughn, while the role of his Soviet counterpart, Illya Kuryakin, was filled by David McCallum.
Initial reports do not indicate which role Cruise is in talks for, but the general consensus seems to be that he would be cast as Napoleon Solo.
Steven Soderburgh was previously attached to direct the project, and reportedly hoped to bring George Clooney and Channing Tatum aboard at different points in the process. According to reports, Ritchie’s name has been attached to the project since 2011. At present there is no solid release date for “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”